Hendersonville First United Methodist Church

Associate Children’s Director



The Associate Children’s Director is a Christ-centered leader who faithfully models a life of Christian discipleship and desires to provide for the spiritual formation of children and their families.  He/she collaborates with staff and volunteers to implement the mission and goals of the HFUMC children’s ministry by building relationships with families and assisting with the planning, administration and implementation of programs and events designed to foster life-long faith in Jesus Christ.

Accountability & Supervision

The Associate Children’s Director is accountable to the Associate Pastor of Connections and the Staff Parish Relations Committee and is directly supervised by the Children’s Director.

Primary Responsibilities

1.) Programs and Events

o   Provide leadership and oversight to the nursery and elementary (preK—4th) areas of the children’s ministry—assisting with programmatic planning; Sunday morning pre-school assembly time; resourcing and coordination of volunteers; and rotational leadership of teaching times and the “children’s message” during weekly, Sunday morning congregational services.

o   Provide support to major event coordinators for the planning, promotion and implementation of seasonal events and fundraisers such as VBS, Fall Festival, Night in Bethlehem (live nativity) and the Children’s Consignment Sale fundraiser.

o   Assist with the coordination, scheduling and payroll of childcare workers for church events including a monthly Parents Night Out ministry.

o   Champion the development and prospective future expansion of a special needs ministry for children at HFUMC.

2.) Volunteers and Team Ministry

o   Provide oversight and support for all parents and volunteers within assigned area of ministry (infant—4th)—developing supportive relationships and assisting with recruitment, coordination and ongoing volunteer training/parent enrichment.

o   Maintain open and direct lines of communication with staff, volunteers and families—providing venues for constructive feedback, maintaining confidentiality with integrity and resolving conflict in a manner that fosters trust and confidence in the children’s ministry and its staff.

o   Provide for the ongoing success of the children’s ministry by assisting the Children’s Director and Children’s Discipleship Ministry Team in regular assessment of the health of the ministry and establishing ongoing goals and strategies to provide for the spiritual formation of children and families.

o   Foster creative collaboration with other church staff in developing and leading programs that incorporate children and families in all phases of the life and worship of the church.

3.) Administrative Tasks & Facilities

o   Partner with the Children’s Director and other staff to facilitate background checks and volunteer orientation in accordance to the church-wide Safe Sanctuaries policy.

o   Ensure that news, key information and priorities of the assigned ministry area are communicated clearly to families and volunteers through all electronic, social and print media.

o   Provide for the other administrative needs that pertain to the assigned ministry area, including (but not limited to): maintaining the children’s ministry events calendar; setting and tracking a budget for programs and events; compiling forms, attendance rosters and volunteer schedules; maintaining a database of families and volunteers; attending regular staff meetings; assisting with timely follow-up to new visiting and absentee families; and working with other HFUMC volunteers and staff to ensure the safety and cleanliness of shared facilities.


Qualified candidates considering this position will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in children’s ministry/education or similar background and proven past experience in effective ministry leadership to children, families and collaborative volunteer teams.  Prospective candidates will demonstrate organization, initiative and an ability to understand the needs and dynamics of children’s discipleship within a Biblical and Wesleyan tradition.  He/she will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and have the ability to build positive relationships with parents, other staff members and supervisors.  Additional skills and past experience leading children’s music and/or special needs ministry to children is a plus, but not a requisite.  All candidates must submit and pass a multi-state background check.

Other Considerations

This is a full-time, salaried position with available reimbursement program for health insurance.  Hours include Sunday mornings and some evenings and holidays.  Compensation package will be commensurate of past education and leadership experience.

Interested applicants may contact Joshua Strader joshua.strader@hfumc.org (615-824-8725), Director of Connections, for more information or to submit a resume and cover letter.  Cover letters should include a brief description of the applicant’s top leadership strengths and experiences as well as a statement about what excites them the most about being a part of the HFUMC staff team.

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About Hendersonville First United Methodist Church

Located in a quickly-growing north suburb of Nashville, HFUMC is a vibrant faith community with a rich history and strong tradition of community involvement and missions.  More than 750 members gather for worship each week, enjoying both traditional and contemporary worship styles.  The church is centrally located in the community, directly across the street from the largest middle and high schools.  With its mission to create disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, the church and its congregants are poised and excited to grow with the community and its needs.

The Children's ministry is seeking a full-time Associate Children's Director to join our team as we continue to grow in our ministry's reach and capacity.  Nurtured by a clear vision, invested parental/congregational support and a healthy partnership with our own Children First Preschool, the Children's ministry is a vibrant part of our ministry community at HFUMC.  With aspirations to grow and even explore new ministry offerings to families with special needs, HFUMC is excited to seek God's provision of new leadership through this position opening!